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House GOP Want To Scrap Debt Ceiling Deal

From an outraged Associated Press:

House GOP struggles to piece budget together

March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives dominating the House are pushing to scrap last year’s budget pact with President Barack Obama and impose new cuts on domestic agencies in an election-year drive to show voters they’re serious about shrinking the government.

This is a great idea. Better late than never.

The move is popular with freshman lawmakers elected on a tea party wave in 2010. But veteran lawmakers warn it will produce gridlock later, when Congress has to follow up the springtime debate on a broad budget blueprint with actual spending bills reflecting the new cuts, and get them enacted into law.

Naturally, the ‘usual suspects’ oppose this plan. But we already have gridlock, thanks to Harry Reid and the Democrat controlled Senate, which has not passed a single bill dealing with the economy from the House. Even when they have been bipartisan.

Driving the discussion is frustration among many Republicans that they haven’t done enough to cut spending or curb deficits that still exceed $1 trillion a year. The upcoming budget debate is maybe the last, best forum to demonstrate their bona fides to voters — especially core conservatives they’re counting on to turn out in large numbers to maintain the GOP’s majority in the House.

Better late than never. And, really, this would clarify the choice we face. We can go back or we can go forward.

But notice how the AP tries to frame this as an election year stunt. A political ploy. As if the conservatives in the House haven’t been trying to spending all along.

"There is a lot of pent-up demand from our members to show the American people a way forward to fiscal sanity. We can’t continue to have budget deficits of over a trillion dollars a year," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Tuesday. "This is not sustainable. So our members want to show the American people a way forward, and they will."

Even John Boehner is on the right side here. Too bad he didn’t take this line back in August.

In the eyes of Democrats, the White House and many Republicans, a deal’s a deal — the $1.047 trillion agency spending cap for fiscal 2013 should govern the upcoming round of spending bills.

After all, they all got what they wanted. More government spending for their constituents, while defense spending is slashed to the bone. Why would they want to undo that?

A large contingent of Republicans, however, never supported the underlying debt and budget deal. And they won’t support a GOP budget plan that affirms it

The White House says Republicans should return to the drawing board and look at tax increases and other accounts rather than further cuts to domestic programs like education, homeland security, community development grants and housing subsidies for the poor

After all, this is an election year, and those votes aren’t going to buy themselves.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “House GOP Want To Scrap Debt Ceiling Deal”

  1. geronl says:

    I’d have more faith in them if they did this when its not an election year or back when they actually controlled both houses of Congress.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Exactly. They had the White House, both chambers of Congress, majority of state houses and governorships, and what did they do? -Sit back and let George Bush green light everything they wanted, and in turn, give him everything he wanted.

      Boehner should step down really. He still wakes up on a cold sweat screaming about the government shut down back in the 90s. His heart really isn’t into this new wave of Tea Party Conservatism, he should take a back seat for some new blood without having to pick at old political scabs.

  2. BigOil says:

    We elected them with pretty clear instructions to cut government spending – yet they did not. Now they want to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube. It’s to late, since Reid can easily block their attempt at a do-over.

    Compromising with liberals is really capitulation – a lesson you would think Boehner would have learned by now.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Flush that turd. It’s been stinking up the joint all year.

    The thing is I really doubt Team Establishment can do much better.

    Take any point in the timeliness: the first debt ceiling theater, the Superfail Committee, the stand they tried to take on the Payroll Tax and Keystone; they get run circles around.

    Probably a solid whiff and taste of the level of commitment and effectiveness we’ll get under a Mittoast admin.

  4. Not so fast says:

    Talk Talk Talk. That’s all we get. Meanwhile people are unemployed by the 10’s of millions, gasoline is soaring out of sight and spending is going on like there is no tomorrow. Who do they think they are fooling?

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